The focus of this course is on the represetations of surveillance and containment (forms of social control) in literature and the complex correlations to gender identity and the voyeuristic tendencies inherent in the act of gazing. Accordingly we will be examining this research topic through a close reading of George Orwell's 1984 and Dave Eggers' The Circle.
We will examine a selection of critical texts and extracts by theorists such as Laura Mulvey, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan and Mikhail Bakhtin. These contributions will enable us to explore a range of theorectical concepts such as "the gaze", "erotic desire", as well as gender identity with regards to state-sanctioned sexuality as a political form of social control.
For this course you will need to obtain a print copy of George Orwell's 1984 and Dave Eggers' The Circle.